Bahraini designers Sheikha Noor Al Khalifa and Sheikha Haya Al Khalifa made history three seasons ago when they became part of the select few Middle Eastern designers to ever show on calendar at Fashion Week. As with every rise to fame, there were naysayers a plenty, but with every passing collection the young designers proved them wrong, demonstrating talent and vision far beyond what anyone expected of them. On the subject, Sheikha Haya tells Savoir Flair exclusively, “As designers, we have both grown and developed our skills so much since we first began. With each new season, we strive to improve yet maintain the brand’s identity in the collections we produce.” And that identity stands at the crossroads between East and West, with an emphasis on luxurious fabrics, sharp tailoring, and attention to detail.
With perfect cohesion running throughout this collection, it breathed the absolute ease that you would expect for the resort months. Platform sliders screamed poolside cool, but when paired with tailored trousers or sporty separates like hoodies with drawstrings and utilitarian parkas, they took on a decidedly more “city” feel. Beautiful 3-D floral appliqués and geometric embellishments added a very pretty element to an otherwise minimalist collection. The designers explained, “We experimented with embellishments by using raffia ribbon to create flowers with crystal centers.”
The collection had a certain iridescence to it, from the sliders and embellishments to a series of futuristic-looking laminated coated jersey looks in silver. “We were inspired by the Bahraini pearl, which is renowned for its exquisite luster and unmatched quality. We wanted to incorporate this theme into the collection in a very subtle way so you will find pearls amongst the floral embellishments whilst some of the fabrics have an iridescent shine to them,” they explained.
Alongside shorter herms, Bermuda shorts, and sheer tops, there were also some great transitional pieces, including a sixties-inspired, burnt-orange jacket and a pastel-pink, floral-printed parka, that will allow this collection to find a home in the wardrobes of women living in both the West and the East – women who, in the designers’ words, embody the essence of nonchalant chic.